Saturday, December 23rd
5:00pm Vigil Mass (with simple organ music)
Sunday, December 24th
8:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am (Spanish)
Sunday, December 24th
12:00am Midnight Mass
(11:30pm - familiar carols & special music before Midnight Mass)
Monday, December 25th
8:00am (Organ Music)
10:00am (Organ with Choir)
Solemnity Of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
(Not a Holy Day of Obligation this year)
Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:00am
As we prepare to celebrate The Fatima Centennial at St. Joseph the Worker thru November 26, 2017, it helps for us to have a little background, and so for the next few months we will be getting to know our Lady of Fatima with some historical background and stories compiled by Fr. Joseph Previtali, a priest from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and Adjunct Instructor of Dogmatics, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park.
Part XXXI — CONCLUSION: RUSSIA FELL TO COMMUNISM ON NOVEMBER 8, 1917. Our Lady spoke of the "errors" of Communist Russia spreading throughout the whole world if we did not follow her plan for peace. These errors are organized around the single goal of Communism: to alienate the human being from any loyalty other than to his economic identity. This is the heart of Communism, whereby man is reduced to "homo oeconomicus," to use the phrase of Karl Marx. This means first of all to alienate man from his religion and so the Communist system taught atheism and materialism, the errors that there is no God and that man is nothing but a collection of atoms with no immortal spiritual soul made to the image of God.
This Communist revolution also needed to alienate man from his country and people, as well. The Communists noticed that in World War I men were still loyal to their countries rather than to their social classes. They saw this as a terrible threat to their project. A country and a people is a society composed of families, and so the Communist system taught many errors against the dignity and holiness of the family. This is why Communist Russia was the first country in the world to permit in law the evils of no-fault divorce, contraception, and abortion. They were very eager to destroy the institution of the family.
Indeed, we can see that the errors of Communism - atheism, materialism, divorce, contraception, abortion - have spread throughout the world because we have not responded to Our Lady's peace plan. This is why St. John Paul II, together with the Bishops of the world, consecrated not just Russia, but the whole world, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984. Sr. Lucia informed St. John Paul II later that year that Heaven had accepted the consecration. It is worth noting that the last Communist ruler of Russia visited St. John Paul II twice and that Communism soon fell in Russia. One also hears of reports of a great growth in religiosity in that country. We are still too close to the events to judge adequately the historical record.
One laments that the errors of Russia, spread throughout the world, have enjoyed the favor of law increasingly since the 1960s in the United States of America, where public education now takes for granted a practical atheism and materialism and where divorce, contraception, and abortion are treated as "human rights" and where the breakdown of the family has reached such a crisis point that we can't get our bathrooms straight. Our Lady of Fatima has the plan for peace in the United States of America, as well as throughout the whole world. It depends on our obedience to her: to pray the Rosary daily and to offer the sufferings of our ordinary lives in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.
O Glorious St. Joseph, thou who hast power to render possible even things which are considered impossible, come to our aid in our present trouble and distress.
Take this important and difficult affair under thy particular protection, that it may end happily.
(MENTION YOUR REQUEST)
O dear St. Joseph, all our confidence is in thee. Let it not be said that we would invoke thee in vain; and since thou art so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show that thy goodness equal thy power. Amen.
St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
Following the final blessing at our Masses, please join in as the celebrant priest leads the congregation in praying the "St. Michael Prayer." May God bless us with His spiritual protection.